Articles from Working In These Times

After Janus, Should Unions Abandon Exclusive Representation?

The Supreme Court is set to issue a ruling on Janus vs. AFSCME, which could have far-reaching consequences for the future of public-sector unions in the United States. The case has sparked a wide-ranging debate within the labor movement about how to deal with the “free-rider problem” of union members who benefit from collective bargaining agreements but opt-out of paying dues. We asked three labor experts to discuss what’s at stake in the case and how they each think unions should respond.

Elon Musk Is as Obsessed with Fake News as Donald Trump

Facing mounting criticism over various parts of his electric car manufacturing business, Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Wednesday floated the possibility of creating a website for the public to “rate the core truth of any article,” and track the “credibility score” for journalists, editors and publications. “Thinking of calling it Pravda,” he tweeted, potentially a reference to the identically-named former Soviet Russian state newspaper. 

The Surprising List of Democrats Who Just—Gratuitously—Bowed to Big Finance

In a win for amnesia, Congress advanced a bipartisan bill on Tuesday deregulating the banking industry, just a decade after Wall Street triggered a financial crisis that caused millions to lose their jobs and their homes. S.2155, known as the Crapo bill both for its co-author, Senate Banking Committee chair Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), and its general quality, was pitched as a narrow measure to provide relief for salt-of-the-earth community banks and credit unions.

The Supreme Court’s Latest Anti-Worker Decision Deals a Major Blow to the #MeToo Movement

After months of sustained public pressure targeting sexual harassment in workplaces across the United States, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday significantly undermined the power of workers to collectively challenge discrimination and abuse at the hands of their employers. In a 5-4 decision on the Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis casethe Court ruled that private-sector employees do not have the right to enter into class-action lawsuits to challenge violations of federal labor laws.

Inside the Closed Facebook Groups Where the Teacher Strikes Began

When Detroit teachers organized their January 2016 “sickout” to protest “abominable” neglect of their schools and classrooms, they created a Facebook group to organize. Teachers have done the same throughout the wave of protests and strikes that have swept West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona, providing needed advice, support and encouragement in trying to change their national and local unions.

Police Union Is Lobbying To Expand Powers To Tase People Who Don’t Pose a Threat

The San Francisco Police Officers Association is aggressively pushing a ballot measure that would allow police to use tasers on members of the public even if they aren't violently resisting. If passed, the city’s police officers would be able to electrocute people who pose no physical threat or resist arrest as a result of mental illness.

From The Women’s March to The Poor People’s Campaign, A Call for Economic Human Rights

Teachers in Kentucky marching for health care and students organizing against the school to prison pipeline have a core value in common: They are fighting for human rights. Yet, an elite framing of human rights has consistently ignored the people on the frontlines. This week, a new Poor People’s Campaign is engaging in direct action in communities across the United States for the rights to housing, education, healthcare, decent jobs and more.

Seattle Just Showed How to Rein In Amazon—And the Company Is Going to War

While cities across the country line up to shower Amazon with billions of dollars in tax breaks and free office space, the Seattle City Council just hit the tech and retail giant—and the city’s biggest firm—with a new tax meant to fight homelessness and fund affordable housing.

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